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Cambridge Community Opens Arms to American Legion #91 Members

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Portside restaurant is just one of several groups opening their arms to the displaced Post #91 members (Photo:WBOC) Portside restaurant is just one of several groups opening their arms to the displaced Post #91 members (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  We now know how much damage was caused by Tuesday's fire at American Legion Dorchester Post 91 in Cambridge. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, the fire caused approximately $900,000 in damage to the facility.

You can see some slight charring on the outside of the American Legion, and a hole on the roof, as we saw from Chopper 16.  But the fire marshal says that underneath those bricks, the building is not in good shape.

"Really, riding by you would have almost no idea that anything had happened.  But on the inside, it's pretty bad," said Deputy Fire Marshal Kirby Travers.

Travers said the leading theory right now is that a lightning strike did indeed cause the fire, as neighbors speculated, but that is not yet confirmed. 

Locally, businesses like Portside restaurant are stepping up to help the legion now that they have lost their meeting place for the forseeable future.

"Well, we're a very close knit community here in Cambridge.  When people are put out of something, we try to jump in and help any way we can," said Portside Owner Marcia Christopher.

The restaurant is offering to honor the legion's drink prices and specials, which are below Portside's usual prices.  Other organizations are also offering help.

"Our motto is 'so long as there are veterans, the Elks will be there'.  So that is when we decided that they are a veterans organization, and a charitable organization in our community.  We decided hey, we are going to open up, and accommodate their needs," said Cambridge Elks Trustee Dan Kane.

The legion will now be able to use the Elks Lodge, and even put on events in that space.

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